Friday - Marabou time trial
Racing starts at 3:30 p.m. with racers going off in 30-second intervals. The course is mostly on a private paved course at Marabou Ranch. There is about 0.75 miles on Routt County Road 42.
Saturday - Marabou Ranch Circuit Race
Riders - depending on division - will ride between 30 and 70 miles. The course is the same as Friday's, except riders will ride the opposite way. Races begin at 8 a.m. and run through the day.
Sunday - Moots Road Race
Top-level divisions begin at 8 a.m. and feature 70 miles on a T-shaped course with 3,800 vertical feet of climbing. The course goes to Yampa Valley Regional Airport and then to Oak Creek and back on R.C. Road 33. Other categories begin at noon and ride 55 miles to the end of C.R. 27 and back. Both races begin on C.R. 33A.
Monday - Ski & Bike Kare Criterium
The loop starts at the Routt County Courthouse and goes on Oak, Pine, Fourth and Eighth streets. These roads will be closed to cars during that time. This criterium will be based on laps and also feature $750 in criterium primes. Criterium primes are prizes for winning specific intermediate laps. A bell will be rung to announce to the riders that whoever wins the next lap, wins the prize. The day begins at 8 a.m., with the top divisions starting last.
Friday, 3 to 7 p.m.: C.R. 42 at Marabou Ranch will be one lane, and drivers should seek an alternate route or expect delays.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: C.R. 42 at Marabou Ranch will be one lane, and drivers should seek an alternate route or expect delays.
Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Racers will start from C.R. 33A and head away from town on C.R. 33 and C.R. 27. No roads will be closed, but drivers should expect delays and cyclists on the roads.
Monday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: There will be a one-mile criterium with closure of Oak Street, Pine Street, Eighth Street, and Fourth Street. Residents inside the course should use the alleyway to cross over the racecourse. There will be course marshals at every intersection to assist residents crossing over the course while racing is in progress.
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Steamboat Springs Barkley Robinson once plied his trade as an elite road cyclist.
Now - after three years of becoming one of the area's foremost mountain bikers - Robinson will get back into road cycling.
Robinson and more than 290 other riders, including about 20 local athletes, will compete in the inaugural Steamboat Springs Stage Race. The event starts Friday and continues through Monday. It is the only stage race in Colorado.
Each stage includes something different. The first stage, Friday, is a time trial at Marabou Ranch. Saturday is a circuit race at Marabou Ranch, Sunday is a longer road race, and Monday is a criterium through streets of downtown Steamboat Springs.
"This is a really neat event," said Robinson, who has done multiple stage races in the past. "You have got to get through every day, but also think about the overall picture. You can't kill yourself on one day or struggle the following days. You want to conserve a bit for the overall, but at the same time don't give up anything on one day."
Riders must complete the first stage to go on to the next stage. Awards and prizes will be awarded after each stage. At the conclusion of Monday's race, a general class award will be presented to the overall winner from each of the nine divisions. More than $6,500 will be divided among the nine divisions. Daily prizes also will be given out.
Race Director Corey Piscopo said he initially hoped to get about 100 riders. But with Labor Day usually being the end of the road-racing season, he wasn't surprised to see 300 competitors.
What may have surprised him, however, was the level of competition that will be in town. In addition to top-level local racers, some top road-biking professionals and teams will be in town.
Several riders from the Garmin Chipotle Development Team will be riding, along with top cyclists Taylor Phinney, Danny Summerhill and Alison Dunlap. Phinney and Summerhill often are regarded as two of the top young cyclists in the world. Phinney gained attention when he finished seventh in the individual pursuit at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He also won the individual pursuit at the 2009 International Cycling Union Track Cycling World Championships.
"It was really a question mark," said Piscopo, who started the dialogue about the stage race in January. "We took a risk and jumped into this. We weren't sure how many people would come this late in the season. The fact (that) the economy was tight, we weren't sure if we could get enough people to sign up or come up."
Piscopo said all the stages should be interesting to watch, but that the criterium would provide spectators with the most interesting viewing.
During the Monday event, Oak and Pine Streets will be closed between Fourth and Eighth Streets.
There, riders will do high-speed laps for various amounts of time. The event will go all day with the top divisions starting last.
"You'll see a lot of action," Robinson said. "It's a good spectator sport."
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